Executive Committee Chairman and President: Bob Caspar: In Memoriam
Executive Committee Vice President: Dr. Carol Tacket
Dr. Carol Tacket has been appointed Vice President of our Executive Board. Carol is a strong supporter of the Literacy Council and has tutored 3 students over the past 2 years. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Tacket’s primary research interest has been in conducting phase 1 and phase 2 studies of candidate vaccines against enteric infections. Dr. Tacket has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers and book chapters on infectious disease topics.
Finance Committee Chairwoman and Treasurer: Megan Jackson
Megan Jackson has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for over thirty years, and has twenty plus years of experience providing financial management and professional accounting support to a national non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Megan has been with our Literacy Council since 2010 as Treasurer.
Recording Secretary: Mary Jane McCarthy
Mary Jane graduated from Strayer College in 1972. She spent the next 40 years working as a court reporter in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Her work included reporting depositions, Federal government departmental and agency hearings, administrative law judge hearings, White House press conferences and Presidential remarks under three Presidents, as well as House and Senate committee hearings. For 24 years, Mary Jane worked for the U.S. Senate in the Office of the Official Reporters of Debates. The job of the Official Reporters of Debates is to report the debates and parliamentary procedures while the full Senate is in session, and compile the Congressional Record for the Senate. Mary Jane is also a tutor and avid supporter of our Literacy Council.
Correspondence Secretary: Thomas Vernon
Thomas is a lifelong Marylander and an avid supporter of our Literacy Council. During his 43 years in the Mortgage Banking industry, he served in various positions, ranging from Senior Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, to Vice President at several companies, including Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Hamilton Mortgage, Old Kent Bank, Thomas J. Fisher & Co., Washington Savings Bank, Washington Suburban Mortgage Co., and Weyerhaueser Mortgage.
Development Committee Chairman: Dr. Michael Keller
Dr. Keller is a leader for both local and national organizations and has resided in Annapolis for more than 30 years. He is chair of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission, the national Board President of the Peace Action Education Fund, and co-coordinator of the Homework and Reading program at his church. He retired as Director of Policy Analysis and Research for the Maryland Higher Education Commission in 2008. Trained in journalism, Mike served as a war correspondent for the Vietnam bureau of Pacific Stars & Stripes. Mike brings a wealth of leadership and fundraising experience to the AACLC.
Program Committee Chairwoman: The Rev. Nancy White
Nancy comes from a background of 33 years in public education in both Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties Public Schools. During this time, she served as music teacher, teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing and special education administrator and supervisor. Nancy also served on numerous special task forces and commissions at the local, state and national levels and was an active member of several professional organizations. Nancy has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels at local post-secondary programs. She is a published author in the field, has served as an educational consultant on both state and national levels, and also served as a consultant to the Mister Rogers Neighborhood television program.
In 2001, Nancy was ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Since that time she has served as Deacon, Youth Minister, and Assistant to the Rector at various churches in the area. Highlights include leading teams to an orphanage and school in Honduras, El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza, to provide educational seminars for the teachers and staff. She also served two terms as a member of the Advisory Board for El Hogar. Another special ministry was a two-part International Youth Exchange. Nancy received her BA degree from the University of Maryland: her MA from Gallaudet University. Additionally, she received her Certificate of Theology from the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, TN.
Tutor Representative: Harry DeLong
Harry has tutored five students over the past 3 years, including 2 Pre-GED and 3 Special Needs students. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in agriculture and worked at the statistical agency in the United States Department of Agriculture. During his career he worked at several State field offices and the Washington, D.C. headquarters.